Day 8

Posted by admin on April 6, 2014

Up early because we want to see as much as we can today on the way to Point Samson. Last brekky and say goodbye to the wonderful staff at Karijini Eco Retreat, with the lunch they packed for us. First stop is on the other side of Karijini National Park. Hamersley Gorge and spa pool. It's a small round pool with a waterfall dropping into the middle of it. Lovely swim. It really is another magnificent gorge, pools and waterfall. Unbelievable how beautiful all of Karijini has been. It's sad to leave but there are more great places to see...

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On the road to Millstream Chichester National Park. It is a long drive all on dirt road and most of the road as we get closer and closer to the park and within the park is in very poor condition. Bone shaking.

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We finally get there and stop at Deepreach pool for lunch. That's a lot of water. Picnic tables and bbq's abound. Looks good for a swim but a bit cool today with full cloud cover, so off to Millstream Homestead. We go up to Clifftop Lookout enroute.  See another eagle a whole lot closer to the road and obligingly sitting on the top of a barren upright within tree. Okay!

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Thanks for the photo. Then a brief stop at the homestead which is now the Visitor Centre and museum. A cute little roo poses for a photo too.

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As we head to Python Pool, still in Millstream Chichester NP, the landscape changes dramatically - light green and spinifex plains and gentle rolling hills leading up to hills in the background covered with large red rocks on top. Amazing. Python Pool is a waterhole with a huge rockwall behind it. We are unfortunately deterred by a large party of people and stop only very briefly to dip feet in.

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Now it's straight to Point Samson, soon we're off the gravel roads and onto Northwest Coastal Highway. What relief. A stop at Roebourne for petrol, the 4wd with long range tanks is fine but the photographers Raw Hire 4wd ute is desperately in need of a drink - last fill was Newman.

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A short drive from Roebourne to Point Samson Resort where we check in, have a shower (indoors!) and dinner in the resort restaurant, Tata's. It's very upmarket with great food. The desert was sensational.

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The room is very large with king bed, lounge, in-house movies, great modern bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and private sitting area outside. There is art all over the place inside and out on the premises and it is fantastic, a lot of it beautifully lit up at night. I like the geckos.

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We take a quick walk down to see the beach, lovely playground and hermit crabs on the dunes- we buy them in Perth as pets and here they are all over the place.

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Will sleep well tonight, a lot of driving today and still catching up from yesterdays huge gorge tour.